Page URL:
CONTENTS Issue #384
Issues in infertility: finding out what the public think
BioNews Appeal: Please donate HERE to keep BioNews independent and FREE to read

You are currently viewing the Alert version of the BioNews email newsletter.

Click the tab above to view the Full Text version

Welcome to BioNews by email, published by the Progress Educational Trust, providing you with news, comment and reviews on genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas. 

Visit the BioNews website at where you can subscribe for free to receive BioNews by email in one of three formats, and search the archive of more than 8,000 articles.

Issues in infertility: finding out what the public think
12 November 2006 - by Khadija Ibrahim
Issues surrounding infertility and reproductive medicine are rarely out of the news - delaying motherhood, egg and sperm donation, embryo testing and access to fertility treatment, to name just a few. But the published opinions triggered by this extensive media coverage have tended to be those of a select few doctors... [Read More]
Cord blood used to make miniature artificial liver
11 November 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
Scientists from Newcastle University have managed to grow the world's first miniature artificial liver in the laboratory. The team, led by Dr Nico Forraz and Professor Colin McGuckin, used NASA technology to make the piece of tissue, the size of a one penny piece, from donated umbilical... [Read More]
New York doctors given go-ahead to attempt womb transplants
12 November 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
A surgeon in New York has been given the go-ahead to carry out a womb transplant. The procedure has been tried once before in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2000, but the organ had to be removed after 100 days when a blood clot formed in the... [Read More]
Vision restored in mice using later stem cells
12 November 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
In groundbreaking research, scientists have used a new approach to stem cell science to partially restore vision in mice genetically engineered to mimic human degenerative sight defects such as retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. The team, a collaboration between University College London and the University of Michigan... [Read More]
British undercover journalists referred abroad for illegal sex selection
12 November 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
According to the UK's Sunday Times newspaper last week, clinics in the UK are offering couples the chance to choose the sex of their child, a practice that is illegal in Britain unless done to avoid a serious genetic disorder in the resulting child, by referring them... [Read More]
Charity survey shows UK attitudes to fertility treatments
12 November 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
New research detailing the UK public's views on IVF and related fertility issues has been published. The research was carried out by YouGov on behalf of the UK charity Progress Educational Trust in October 2006, in the form of two online survey questionnaires, to which a... [Read More]
Australian senate narrowly approves embryo cloning legislation
12 November 2006 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Australia's Senate has narrowly voted - by 34 to 32 - to approve new legislation that will overturn the current ban on the cloning of human embryos for stem cell research. The bill still needs to be passed by the House of Representatives, who will vote on the issue... [Read More]
UK scientists ask for licence to create human-cow embryo
13 November 2006 - by Stuart Scott
Two teams of British scientists have applied for licences to create hybrid embryos from human and animal cells in order to create stem cells. The North East England Stem Cell Institute - a biotech research body run by the Universities of Durham and Newcastle - and the Stem Cell... [Read More]
Signs of change in US stem cell policy?
13 November 2006 - by Antony Starza-Allen
By Antony Blackburn-Starza: There's a feeling of change in relation to embryonic stem (ES) cell research in the US following the mid-term elections, which saw the Democrats capturing both the Senate and the House of Representatives from the Republicans. In the state of Missouri, where ES cell research was a... [Read More]
Parents of surrogate child are denied legal status by Victoria's state law
13 November 2006 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Australian Senator Stephen Conroy and his wife may be forced to leave their home in Victoria, Australia, to escape state laws that do not recognise them as legal parents of their child, which was born to a surrogate. The Victorian Law Reform Commission said that the state's... [Read More]

Advertising in BioNews

BioNews is read by around 18,000 people every week. Our readership is predominantly in the UK, but we have subscribers in 44 countries. That is a lot of people with an interest in assisted conception, genetics, embryo/stem cell research and related areas.

Advertisements (up to 300 words in length) start from as little as £75, making BioNews a very cost effective way to reach your target audience.

The Progress Educational Trust can personally vouch for the service, as the charity has itself successfully engaged members of staff via BioNews. Why not save money by recruiting through BioNews, and help keep BioNews FREE at the same time?

If you would like further information about advertising a job or opportunity in BioNews, please contact Sarah Norcross on +44 (0)20 7278 7870 or at

Sarah Norcross
Director, Progress Educational Trust
140 Gray's Inn Road
London, WC1X 8AX